I found something lying around on one of my old Mac disks that may
interest some of you: an interactive hypercard map of the CMU steam
tunnels. I wrote this stack back in '88 as part of a student
application fair called StraightTalk.
It's very simple, basically a map with hot spots that take you to
pages describing the entrance or tunnel you clicked on. It was
intended to demonstrate how you could do neat things with a Mac in a
short period of time.
It's not up to date, but I thought I would post it just for fun. Those
of you who haven't actually been in tunnels can get a sense of how
they are sometimes laid out, and I thought ex-CMU people might get
kick out of reminiscing about old times.
For current CMU people, you'll note the conspicuous absence of Resnik
Hall & West Wing, the Parking Garage, and anything else that happened
after 1988. Don't take this stack as an authoritative reference, but
as a peek into the mid/late 80's CMU culture.
The StraightTalk fair was officially sponsored, and no, I didn't get
into any trouble for presenting this stack. I thought I would, and
held my breath when a couple of Security folks came over, but nothing
happened. Apple even had a photographer take pictures of all the
presenters, including some of me near a tunnel entrance! I never saw
the pictures, though... :(
Anyway, here's the stack (called "Tunnels"). Remove everything above
the "this file must be converted with binhex 4.0" line and then run it
Feel free to pass this on to other folks, put it on servers, ftp
sites, etc. If you do, please send me a note letting me know so I can
have a feel for its distribution. Ideally, I'd like it if the text
portion of this message was included as a readme file so new folks
would know some of the history.
December 11, 2018 Subject:
“This steam scheme is a dream!”
“An interactive map of the CMU Tunnels” is a nifty little piece of software from 1988, written in about 12 hours by then-student Dennis Moul for an application fair called StraightTalk. In Moul’s own words, it’s “very simple, basically a [now outdated] map with hot spots that take you to pages describing the entrance or tunnel you clicked on” and was “intended to demonstrate how you could do neat things with a Mac in a short period of time.” As someone who’s personally been known to venture beyond the well-trodden sidewalk on more than one occasion, I appreciated Moul’s thorough mapping of steam tunnel entrances, as well as his detailed descriptions about what an adventurer could expect to find at each. One of my favorites is “Tunnel Entrance D2,” said to be “securely locked,” although “there is a hole in the plaster ceiling of the stairwell, and it might be possible to enter through it.” Moul’s Disclaimer and Copyright Notice explicitly references the Student Handbook, which “explicitly states that ‘...students found in the steam tunnels risk expulsion’’; however, I am glad to say I’m not a Carnegie Mellon Student [or at least not yet]. If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be taking a trip to Pittsburgh now.